Congress 2022


After two years of postponement because of the global Covid-19 pandemic, Agbiz hosted a successful biennial flagship congress at Sun City from 22 to 24 June 2022. The theme of the congress centered on "building resilience" in South Africa's agriculture and agribusiness sectors, with inputs led by distinguished speakers that provided information on the network industries, the economy, and sector-specific matters. 

The output of the discussions and the breakaway sections will help enrich inputs that Agbiz will utilize to lobby for growth-enhancing policies and programmes in government and various platforms.

 As with the standard practice, the Agbiz office will engage members for input in the various stages of this process. The top-of-mind issue, for example, is the prospects of collaboration on crucial infrastructure programmes, which Dr. Kgosientso Ramokgopa, during his keynote address, proposed to the industry. Agbiz, working with organized agriculture groups, such as Agri SA, will engage The Presidency on this matter and welcomes any inputs from members and industry. 

Additionally, various key insights emanated from the breakaway session, which will help enrich phase two of the master plan. With the help of BFAP, Agbiz will aggregate the session's outcomes and use them as part of inputs during the process. 

The congress would not have succeeded without the generosity of sponsors, exhibitors, partners, media and the organizing team. Agbiz is thankful to all these strategic partners. 

Congress Programme

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Presentations: Day 1

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Head of Investment in the Presidency and Head of Infrastructure South Africa, CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Reflections on the South African economy
Kuben Naidoo, Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve, CLICK HERE TO VIEW

South Africa’s energy challenges
André de Ruyter, Group Chief Executive of Eskom Holdings Group, CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Panel discussion: Ensuring market access
Intro speaker: A status update on progress with logistics challenges
Malefetsane Setaka, Port Engineer, Transnet Port Authority, Port of Durban,  CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Anton Kruger, CEO of FPEF
Niki Kruger, Chief Director, DTIC
Mooketsa Ramasodi, Director-General, DALRRD

Student case competition: final round
Team 3: Presentation by Ruth Hadebe, University of the Free State
Team 4: Presentation by Jade Smith, University of Pretoria

Agricultural outlook parallel panel discussions
Panel discussion: Horticulture
Intro speaker: Nolte Smit, BFAP CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Panel discussion: Grains, oilseeds, and livestock
Intro speaker: Gerhard van den Burgh, BFAP CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Panel discussion: Agro-processing 
Intro speaker: Louw Pienaar CLICK HERE TO VIEW


Presentations: Day 2

Key global risks and how to enhance national and organisational resilience 
Richard Smith-Bingham, Executive Director, Marsh McLennan, CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO

Geopolitics and the role of South Africa in the world 
Prof. Mills Soko, Professor of International Business and Strategy, Wits Business School CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Feedback to congress on the previous day’s panel discussions CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Dr. Mmatlou Kalaba, Director and Senior Analyst in the Commodity Markets and Foresights, BFAP 

Panel discussion: Creating an enabling environment for innovation
Intro speaker: Innovation in South Africa’s agricultural sector and the contribution of the regulators 
Dr. Boitshoko Ntshabele, Director: Biosecurity, DALRRD, CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO
Rodney Bell, CEO of Croplife
Dr. Lukeshni Chetty, General Manager of SANSOR
Mpumi Mkhonza, Registrar: GMO Act, DALRRD


Golf day

The Agbiz Congress kicked off on 22 June 2022 with a golf day, sponsored by Absa, with 44 golfers enjoying the scenery and challenges of the Lost golf course. 


Social Functions

Aside from significant policy matters, the delegates also got to network and reconnect with business partners during this in-person congress during the networking lunches at the social functions in the evening. 


Student Case Study Competition

Agbiz prides itself on close collaboration with academia. This year offered an opportunity for another wonderful group of students to participate in the Agbiz Student Case Study Competition and showcase their expertise to future employers and collaborators in the industry. The Agbiz team is thankful to all the universities, students, and coordinators that participated in this year's Student Case Study.

The participating students included:
University of Fort Hare         Owetu Zamisa
University of Fort Hare         Lindiwe Ngcobo
University of Fort Hare         Noluvuyo Maliwa
University of the Free State Ruth Hadebe
University of the Free State Ryno Schoeman
University of the Free State Heinrich Kotze 
University of KwaZulu-Natal Sifiso Mtshali
University of KwaZulu-Natal Felicia Dube
Stellenbosch University         Khwezi Mbongwe
Stellenbosch University         Marelize Pretorius
Stellenbosch University         Keagan Schultz
University of Pretoria Hanco Marais
University of Pretoria Aisha Dahler
University of Pretoria Jade Smith
North-West University         Johan Teessen 
North-West University         Willie du Plessis


Trade Exhibition

The exhibition hall was the focal meeting point for the congress; providing a place for delegates to meet and sponsors and exhibitors to showcase their business. The welcome reception, daily lunch, and morning and afternoon tea breaks were held in the exhibition area, allowing exhibitors a generous amount of time over the two days of the congress to network.

Absa Afgri Afrivet AES 
 CortevaDesitell  Engoll John Deere
 Nedbank NWK Ontbytsake Peritum
 Santam Senwes Shell Shiptech
 Standard Bank Timbali  

Our Sponsors

A roaring thank you to our sponsors for their generous and continued support.

Standard Bank Agriculture

Standard Bank Agriculture (Event Sponsor)

Standard Bank understands the important role agriculture plays in the economy, we also appreciate the challenges the industry faces and endeavour to be part of the solution. Understanding these realities allows us to organise ourselves to become a valuable financial partner to our clients as they grow their businesses. Our strategy is to be an African focused, client-centred, digitally enabled universal financial services organisation, which drives Africa’s growth and creates value for all our stakeholders.


Nedbank (Platinum Sponsor)

At Nedbank our bigger-picture approach to banking starts with immersing ourselves in your business and your sector. We recognise the need to play a meaningful role and provide solutions to unlock opportunities and meet the challenges faced in agriculture. We understand that these challenges, if not addressed, threaten economic growth, food security, employment and investment. By using our financial expertise to do good we strive to be part of a growing, competitive, transformed and climate-resilient agricultural sector that ultimately contributes positively to the country as a whole.


Absa (Platinum Sponsor)

Absa Bank Limited (‘Absa Bank’) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Absa Group Limited, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and is one of Africa’s largest financial services groups. Absa offers a range of retail, business, corporate and investment banking and wealth management and insurance products and services primarily in South Africa and Namibia. Absa Group is represented in 12 countries, with approximately 42 000 employees.

Afgri Agri Services

Afgri Agri Services (Gold Sponsor)

At AFGRI Agri Services, we strive towards constant progression, growth, innovation and forging our vision for food security in South Africa and the rest of the continent. We provide comprehensive services to producers including grain handling and storage, financial support and solutions as well as inputs and hi-tech equipment, supported by a large retail footprint. We have invested in the development of emerging farmers through our Lemang Agricultural Services training programme to foster strong future farmers.


Corteva (Gold Sponsor)

Corteva Agriscience is a pure-play agriculture company dedicated to helping farmers get the most out of every hectare, season after season. We deliver value to the farmer in the seed, through digital and targeted breeding and biotech, on the seed, through seed-applied technology, and on the farm through Crop Protection, and through digital and overall agronomic solutions. In South Africa, Corteva’s technology centre adapts global technology to local needs - accelerating new product development for Pioneer, Pannar and Corteva Crop Protection, across multiple crops for farmers, helping them better manage yield-robbing pests and crop disease, climate volatility and soil fertility.

John Deere Financial

John Deere Financial (Gala Dinner Sponsor)

John Deere Financial Sub-Saharan Africa, supported by in-country Alliance Banks, brings a deep understanding of your business, equipment expertise, and personal solutions to make owning equipment easy and affordable. Competitive rates, flexible terms, and solutions customized to your business are only a few of the benefits allowing you to adapt to changing farming environments, and still maintain access to the latest technology with John Deere. Finance built for you. * Terms & conditions apply


Sansor (Welcome Function Sponsor)

As the representative body of the seed industry in South Africa, the South African National Seed Organisation (SANSOR) has served the needs of the South African seed industry for more than three decades. SANSOR support the 120 member companies on seed certification and quality standards, intellectual property rights, and plant breeding innovations. In recent years, seed issues have become more complex and therefore, SANSOR invested considerable resources in research to understand and provide solutions for these industry issues.

Golf Day Event Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

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Registration Desks

Branded Congress Bags

Branded Congress Gift

Congress App

Delegate Lanyards and Name Badges

Hospitality Sponsor for Tea Breaks and Lunches

Hospitality Sponsor for Tea Breaks and Lunches


Branded Notebook

Branded Pens

Mini Agenda

Speakers Gifts

Panellists’ gifts

Mint Tins

Branded Bottled Water

Electronic Advert

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